The newest design in the Spring Series of counted cross stitch is inspired by the 1874 hymn by Robert Lowry. When I was a child the most fascinating hymn sung at Easter time was He Arose. The tone was gloomy and morose as people sang, “dead in the tomb he lay….” Their tone actually matched how many of them looked and acted at church. Suddenly mania breaks out when the tempo and mood of the song changes to say, “up from the grave he arose”. The song reenacts what seems like a play that moves from despondency to joy. The song got stuck in my head as I designed and stitched and re stitched it.
I also remembered the times this song spontaneously busted out of nowhere in a crowd–and no, I never started it. Walking with friends through a cemetery at University in the middle of the night we found ourselves singing this loud enough (to wake the dead). A few years ago one fall evening some friends and I were walking in Montpelier, Vermont. Two young men walking in front of us were singing this song. We joined in and when the song was over we just silently went to our various destinations. And several times this song broke out while putting together puzzles with friends on a cold evening.
This hymn, which graphically depicts the greatest mystery in Christianity, has triggered many hours of pondering, especially since I began working on this project and the song got embedded in my head.